Jones County lost to Allatoona 69-8 in the opening round on Thursday evening, bounced back to topple Northside-Columbus 42-36 on Friday morning in the consolation bracket, then was eliminated 53-16 by Ola on Friday afternoon.
Pope won the Class AAAAA championship for the eighth year in a row, again downing Woodland-Cartersville in the final, 36-29. Allatoona, which lost to Pope in the semifinals, came back in the consolation bracket to beat Ware County and Creekview to place third.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t wrestle better, but at the same time, with five freshmen in the lineup, I’m excited about the future,” coach Jay Crook said. “I think we’re real close to being able to compete with the top schools for championships. That’s certainly going to be our goal as we finish out the individual part of the season and go into our offseason.
“We’re already planning for an offseason AAU team to keep the guys working, and we’re going to get the middle school program going again. I also want to see if we can get a youth wrestling program started,” Crook added. “That’s how Pope and those Atlanta area schools get to be so good – they have kids starting out when they are young, and the experience as they grow up makes a big difference.”
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